If your WordPress.com site has a static front page (as we do at Happy Guide), you may have noticed something a little odd in your stats…
There appears to be two “home” pages logging! Here’s why…
One entry in the stats is the name of the page that is set as your front page. If you hover over this entry and look at your status bar (bottom left of your browser window), you’ll see it links to your static page’s original location.
This will be yoursite.com/home or yoursite.com/front-page, or something similar, depending on what you originally entered as the page’s permalink.
Then there’s another entry in the stats called “Home page / Archives”. If you hover over this entry and look at your status bar, you’ll see it links to your site root — yoursite.com.
So which one actually tells you the number of views of your home page? It’s the FIRST one — the entry that refers to your static page.
The “Home page / Archives” entry tells you the number of views of your posts page (plus sub-views such as categories etc). Yes, even though it’s labelled “Home page / Archives” AND links to your site root, it’s actually referring to your posts page, which is probably at yoursite.com/blog or something similar.
Why would they have this confusing situation in their stats system?
The reason, I’m sure, is that in the beginning, ALL blogs had their posts on the home page. So the stats entry for recording posts-page views was naturally labelled “Home page / Archives”. They didn’t imagine static home pages would come along and kick the posts off to another page :-)
So their stats system needs updating and I’ve posted a suggestion to them. If you’re interested, you can read it here…
Hope this clears up a little mystery you may have wondered about, while perusing your stats :-)
All the best,